Sox sweep A's, 5-2

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Jason Bay slides home on one of Coco Crisp's sacrifice flies. (via d.yimg.com)

Hey, what do you know? This actually looks like a ballcub.

The Sox completed a three-game sweep of the A's with an easy 5-2 victory Sunday afternoon. Daisuke Matsuzaka earned his 12th win of the season after working six innings and allowed just two runs, walked two and struck out eight. His pitch count was high, but a 37 minute rain delay also didn't help Matsuzaka heading back out for the eighth inning.

The Sox took the lead for good in the first inning. Dustin Pedroia doubled and Kevin Youkilis singled right after to put the Sox up, 1-0. Jed Lowrie tripled in the fourth to score Mike Lowell and Jason Bay. Coco Crisp hit two sacrifice flies in the ballgame to score the Sox's final two runs. Bay went 2 for 4 with two runs and David Ortiz walked twice and stole second. I repeat: stole second base.

Hideki Okajima, Manny Delcarmen and Jonathan Papelbon combined for three innings, one hit, two walks, two strikeouts and no runs. Papelbon earned his 31st save of the season and dropped his ERA to 2.05.

Like I said yesterday, Lowrie is looking better and better each day. If he continues to play like this (7 RBI in the last three games), I'm not sure how he could sit on the bench when Julio Lugo gets back. Would the Sox be afraid to designate Lugo for assignment? I think it's a possibility. They might be able to trade him at some point in August.

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